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Pima Air Museum

Visiting Pima Air Museum

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Pima Air Museum

Aircraft at the Pima Air Museum

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  • Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving and December 25, AMARC tours Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays
  • Reservations: Not required for the museum, but reserve for the Maintenance Center at 520-618-4800
  • Cost: Admission charged, but discounted combination tickets are available that include Pima Air and Space Museum, AMARC tour and Titan Museum
  • Location: West of Tucson, driving directions below
  • How Long: Allow at least one hour, and more if you take the guided tours or plan to visit the AMARC maintenance facility
  • Best Time to Visit: Any time, but very hot in summer
  • See It Now: Photo Tour

Pima Air Museum

The third-largest aircraft museum in the United States, Pima Air Museum houses over 250 aircraft, displayed on 80 acres of land. This extensive collection of one-of-a-kind aircraft covers military aviation from World I through Desert Storm I and the VIP collection includes the Air Force One used by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Other particularly noteworthy holdings include the SR-71 "black bird" and a small collection of Russion MiG's.

Narrated, one-hour-long tram tours run around the outdoor exhibit area several times a day. They're well worth the extra charge on hot days and any time if you're not up to the walk. Docent-led walking tours are also given in Hangar 1, included in admission price.

If you get hungry, Thunderbird's Grill serves hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and cold drinks.

Wheelchairs, strollers and wagons are available on first-come, first-served basis, free of charge. The tram tour is not equipped to handle wheelchairs.

Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC)

A separate, one-hour tour goes to Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC, A-mark) or "boneyard" where unused military aircraft are stored, restored and/or decommissioned.

If you're besotted with aircraft and won't be bored by listening to a tour guide describe each of the dozens of aircraft you pass in detail, you may enjoy this tour. It's also interesting to learn how the aircraft are rehabilitated and what happens to them if they can't be (think of a giant guillotine).

Reserve this tour by calling 520-618-4800. You catch the tour bus at the museum entrance. Visitors over 16 years old must show a government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license or passport. Space requirements limit each person to one carry-on bag, which can be a small camera, purse or fanny pack.

Getting to Pima Air Museum

Pima Air Museum
6000 East Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ
520-574-0462
Website
Take I-10 to Valencia Road exit and drive 2 miles east to the museum. From northeast Tucson, you can also take Kolb Road to Valencia and turn west.

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